Senate votes to blame Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi murder
Senate Republicans have taken a major step to protect the integrity of the country.
On Thursday, the Senate voted unanimously to pin the blame for the death of Jamal Khashoggi on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Guilty as Charged
When the details of the death of the Saudi journalist were first revealed, people around the world were horrified.
According to reports, Khashoggi went to the Saudi Consulate in Turkey for marital documents.
There, a fight broke out and Khashoggi was murdered.
Later, his body was apparently dismembered in an effort to cover up the murder.
Initially, the Saudis denied having anything to do with the murder.
Later, officials made an admission, but it sounded more like a way to cover up the murder rather than an admission of guilt.
The Senate has now put the full weight of the murder on the crown prince, something President Trump has avoided.
The Arms Deal
As all of this was going on, the United States had a pending arms deal with the Saudis worth billions of dollars.
At one point, Trump even brought the arms deal up as one of the reasons he was so hesitant to outright blame the crown prince for the murder.
To this day, President Trump remains hesitant to publicly call out the crown prince and Saudi leadership over the murder.
Members of the Senate, led by some of Trump’s main opponents in the Republican party, put forth a measure to place the blame on the Saudis.
Not only did the measure pass unanimously, several pro-Trump Republicans made statements to the effect that an arms deal is no reason to avoid placing blame when it is appropriate.
This is not the first time that Senate Republicans have gone against Trump, but it is the first time the party has acted unanimously against the President.
Is this a sign of things to come or was it just the morality of the issue at hand that drove every Republican to do what President Trump was so reluctant to do?
Considering the developments in the Michael Cohen case and the fact Democrats now control Congress, it will be very interesting to see how things pan out, both in the near future and to see if the party collectively supports Trump as he tries to win re-election.